Career Services

Welcome to the Office of Career Services

The Ohio State University at Marion  -  124 Maynard Hall  -  (740) 725-6344  -






~ Mission ~
The Office of Career Services provides the resources and professional assistance to guide current students toward wise career decision making and developing the search skills required to successfully compete in today's job market. Helping our students understand what employers expect and what kind of activities may advance their employability is the commitment of this office.
















































  • Job / Internship Fair
  1. OSU-Marion
  2. OSU-Columbus






































































  • Alumni of OSU-Marion are welcome to use the resources available at the Office of Career Services for as long as needed.
  • Private one-on-one consultations are available for one year after graduation. After which, all alumni are encouraged to register with The Ohio State Alumni Career Management Office.
Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1035
(614) 292-3314
(800) 635-8944























































Visitors are welcome to use the Office of Career Services with permission from the coordinator.

  • Private one-on-one consultations are not available for non-students. However, individuals in the admission process may request one-on-one appointments.



























Career Exploration

Career Exploration Handbook (accompanies FOCUS)
MBTI Career (click "At Work" at bottom of your profile)
MBTI Career Llinks (via Ball State University)


OSU - Majors

Internships & Co-op

College Central Network   (internship postings, etc.)
Buckeye Career Network  (internship postings, etc.)

Graduate School







Under the Buckeye Career Network heading, click on CURRENT STUDENT ACCESS to sign-in.
OSU-Marion part-time employment
Ohio Job Network
Transition: College to Career
Job Fairs


































































































































































Fair Check-in











































Directory of Career Service Offices at The Ohio State University

OSU Regional Campuses

OSU at Lima
Rachel Richardson
Room 133 -  Galvin Hall
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804
Phone: 419-995-8083
Fax: 419-995-8483
OSU at Mansfield
Pam Schopieray
Room 104  - Riedl Hall
1760 Unversity Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906
Phone: 419-755-4234
Fax: 419-755-4101
OSU at Marion
Will Smith
Room 124 - Maynard Hall
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue                                           
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-725-6344
Fax: 740-725-6133
OSU at Newark
Derek Thatcher
Room 226 - Warner Library & Student Center              
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-366-9453
Fax: 740-364-9646


OSU Columbus Campus

199 Hitchcock Hall
275 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus OH, 43210-1138 USA
(614) 292-1012
48 Townscend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-7055
Business, Fisher College of
150 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6024
116 Postel Hall
305 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-1103
Education & Human Ecology, College of
201 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-5663
199 Hitchcock Hall
2050 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6651
210 Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-2265
2120 Fyffe Road
100 Agricultural Admin Building
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-1589
Health and Rehablitation Sciences, School of
127 Atwell Hall
453 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Telephone: 614-292-1706
104 Drinko Hall
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 2477-7805
15 Meiling Hall
370 West Ninth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-4814
240 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-4041
Fry Hall
338 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-0561
150 Parks Hall
500 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-7255
110 Page Hall
1810 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8696
100 Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Avenue
Columbus OH 43210
(614) 292-8350
400 Stillman Hall
1947 College Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6288
125/127 Veterinary Medical Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-7227



















The OSU-Marion Office of Career Services recognizes the importance of forging partnerships with personnel who may be directly or indirectly involved with adressing our students' academic and career development needs.  The Office of Career Services will provide assistance to any individual, group or department who make such a request.

A strong connection between faculty members and the Office of Career Services will always benefit our students in their long term career success. Members of the faculty are always welcome to contact or visit the Office of Career Services  with any questions or requests for service.  New ways to collaborate are always welcome!






































Welcome / Services

Greetings and welcome to the Office of Career Services at The Ohio State University Marion campus.
The mission of Career Services is to help our students achieve meaningful careers and employment while also serving your employment needs. I welcome the opportunity to work with you when it comes to acquiring interns or hiring new employees. Please don't hesitate to contact me whenever you have questions or concerns.
Post an Employment / Internship Opportunity
If you would like to reach our students but are unable to visit us personally, you are encouraged to use the Buckeye Career Network  (BCN) which is now configured to manage all job/internship postings, etc. throughout The Ohio State University. The OSU Regional campus at Marion is no longer be affiliated with College Central Network (CCN).
If you are not already registered with BCN you may do so now at: BCN Employers
On-campus Visitations
You are always welcome to visit our campus whenever the need arises to hire full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees as well as interns for your organization. The process is as easy as picking up the telephone and giving me a call. I'll work with you to make it happen.
Job/Internship Fair
If you have an interest in participating in the Marion Campus annual Job/Internship & Education Fair, please click on the following link: Marion Campus Job/Internship & Education Fair 
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Article of the Week


A College Timeline For Your Career Development

By Priscilla March

Among incoming college freshmen, only rarely does a visit to the career services office rank up there in importance with meeting roommates, finding class locations, dealing with homesickness, and generally getting up to speed on the campus scene. But truth be told, students who use their career service center early and often get the best benefit.

Contrary to popular opinion, career services are not just for students nearing graduation. In fact, if you visit your career services office well before your senior year, you will:

  • Be given resources and information helpful in determining your course of study
  • Learn effective ways to market yourself to potential employers
  • Have a leg up on finding job and internship opportunities; and
  • Be taking the appropriate steps to move into professional positions with relative ease upon graduation.

It is recommended that students visit career services offices each and every year of their college careers to make use of the services. Chances are good that your college makes available most or all of the following services - all for free - laid out here in a four-year timeline:


Starting to explore majors and careers - College isn't just about preparing for employment, but let's face facts: most of us have to pay our way through life at some point! Many students come to college with, at best, a vague idea of how college will prepare them for a job once they graduate. It's definitely okay (and in many cases, preferable) to enter college as an "undeclared" student if you're not sure about what your major should be. But even an exploring student could use a map, because having a goal is important to doing well in school. If you visit your career services office, counselors there can help you begin that exploration with assessments that help you understand and articulate your interests, skills, preferences, and generally what's important to you. This self-knowledge is essential toward making good decisions about the types of career fields and environments that fit you best. Career counselors can help you learn about those career options and help map out a path to explore them more thoroughly in your course of study. Those options could include using the college's alumni career network to obtain advice and information about possible career paths and entry strategies.

Building a career network - From a networking perspective, building a professional working relationship with your campus's career services staff (who are good at making referrals to alumni, employers, and campus resources) will pay off dividends as you seek further opportunities in your field, or want to discuss specific job- or internship-related questions and concerns. Now is the time to get set up with an online account with career services. Most schools offer it.

Seeking internships - And freshman year isn't too soon to start looking at internships, either. Visit career services to learn about ways to seek out available internship or co-op opportunities and to get advice about applying for and obtaining these positions. You could potentially complete three or more internships during your college years, not only providing you with valuable work experience but giving you a huge boost on your resume at graduation, as well.


Getting involved on campus - During your sophomore year the career services office can help you tap into campus organizations that will let you build the leadership skills that employers seek in new graduates. Course selection and grades are important, but extracurricular activities are, too.

Deciding on your major and career targets - If you've been exploring options for majors during your first few semesters, your career services staff can also help you refine your list. If you need more resources to help with this process, they may urge you to speak with alumni, conduct informational interviews to learn about job fields, and apply for part-time, seasonal, or internship positions in your area of interest to actually "try on" a career before making a commitment to it.

Preparing to apply for internships and jobs - Of course, the career center will work with you on preparing your resume and cover letter, and making sure that you are comfortable and effective in the interviewing process. They can also sign you up for an online account to encourage your participation in campus career events, such as job fairs and workshops, and to give you access to online services, including on-campus job recruiting activities for internships and full-time jobs.


Transitioning into a four-year school? - By junior year, most students in four-year schools have settled into a major. However, if you're entering a four-year school from a two-year program, you may find it especially helpful to pay an early visit to your career services office for a discussion about how to ease into your new school. Some students find the transition to a four-year school a little overwhelming at first, and a career counselor's guidance on how to mold your bachelor's program into a marketable degree might be a good early step on campus. Of course, you'll want to sign up for an online career services account and the services that come with it.

Getting serious about work experience - Many juniors get serious about internships because they've got only one more summer left as a student. With good strategic planning, you've already been to career services - but if you haven't, don't delay. Counselors can help you seek internships and co-ops, prepare your application materials, and begin building work experience that will make a difference at graduation time.

Building leadership skills - Career services can also help you identify ways to build leadership skills on campus. If you haven't done so before, junior year is a good time to join professional associations, student government organizations, arts, social or sports groups, or volunteer to participate in community service organizations. All these activities will build your skill set, provide meaningful experience, and (once they're listed on your resume) help employers see you as a leader and a well-rounded individual.


Putting it all together - By your final year of college, you want to be packaging your educational expertise, work and internship experience, and leadership qualities that you've been developing during your schooling. In a perfect world, it would be nice if you were in a position to come to career services and say, "Okay, I researched and explored my choice of major, I chose well, I performed well, I got solid work experience and completed internships in my field. I've been involved in campus activities and even proved myself as a leader in some cases. Help me translate this into an effective job search!" However, for lots of reasons, nobody's college experience is perfect, so don't let fear or intimidation stop you from getting to career services at this important time.

Implementing your job search - Now the career center can help you plan and implement an effective job search strategy using a variety of tools: on-campus recruiting, job fairs, targeted approaches to desired employers, networking with professionals in your field, smart use of online resources, etc. They'll help you polish your resume and cover letter, navigate important application follow-up steps, and they'll coach you on interviewing skills and even help you decide how to dress to help you make that important first impression count.

Go early, go often

Remember, the key to effective use of your career services office is not waiting until the anxiety of graduation pushes you to go. Go early, go often, and begin grooming yourself for the professional world from day one.

Finally, here's another little known fact about campus career services: they're not just for students. College career centers typically offer alums some of the services offered to current students, including continued access to career counseling, vocational assessments, job search support, and alumni career networks.

Six ways to get the most from your campus career services office:

  1. Visit early in your college career to ask about what services are offered. 
  2. Ask for advice on how to build experience and marketability to attract employers.
  3. Build a strong working relationship with the career services office - you'll benefit from it.
  4. Participate in events sponsored by the office - job fairs, workshops and seminars on job search topics, employer presentations, etc. 
  5. Take advantage of all the services offered - career counseling, practice interviews, resume/cover letter critiques, on-campus recruiting, etc.
  6. Use your career center after graduation as well - access to the school's alumni career network and career counselors, for example, can be invaluable in the early stages of your career.



































































































Job / Internship Fair


- CLOSED until January, 2015 -

 - Employer Registration -

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sponsored by:

The Ohio State University at Marion
Marion Technical College
Ohio Means Jobs - Marion
Clear Channel Communications

The annual Marion Campus Job / Internship & Education Fair hosted by The Ohio State University at Marion, Marion Technical College, Ohio Means Jobs Marion, and Clear Channel Communications is set for Thursday, February 19, 2015  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Alber Student Center on the Marion Campus. Although the focus will be on Marion Campus students and alumni, the event will be open to the public. There is a registration fee of $25.00 for each table to help defray the costs of the event.

Benefits of attending include:

  • An opportunity to meet qualified individuals for internships, summer, temporary, part-time or full-time employment.
  • The chance to recruit students, alumni and community members to attend your institution of higher education.
  • An opportunity to showcase your company, products and services in a centralized location.
  • The ability to provide valuable community service for individuals to learn about careers and education in Central Ohio.
  • One eight foot, uncovered, table and two chairs will be provided.
  • Complimentary finger foods/lunch for two individuals will be provided per table.
Employer Instructions:
Click on the link below to begin the registration process:

For more information, contact:

Joel Liles:  (740) 389-4636 ext. 249
Will Smith:  (740) 725-6344
Annette Walton: (740) 382-0076
Day of Event Sign-in:
























































































































Academic Major Selection Process


There is a step-by-step process that you can follow in selecting a college major. This process helps to ensure that you get the most out of your college education and it also greatly facilitates the post graduation transition. This process places you in the driver’s seat providing you with a clearer vision of where you want to head and your plan for getting there.

Decision Making Steps:
I.  Identify the Decisions to Be Made:
This is done by stating the challenge or problem you’re faced with.  You may consider your challenge to be choice of a college major, but looking at a broader perspective will help you clarify your options.  Consider and try to answer the following questions and then identify the decision(s) to be made at this time.
  • What are my dreams for my life (including my career) upon graduation ?
  • What would a future ideal work scenario consist of for me ?
  • Why am I attending college? (There can be more than one answer to this question).
    • To prepare for a specific occupation or for general career advancement ?
    • To find myself ?
    • For the social opportunities ?
    • To gain a solid foundation for future graduate study ?
    • Due to expectations/ pressures from family and /or significant others in my life ?
    • Because my friends are ?
    • Other ____________________________?
  • Where do I want to head in my life /career and what classes and experiences can I pursue to help me explore and move in that proposed direction ?
  • What do I want my life’s work to be known for?   What contributions can I offer through my work ?   What elements would need to exist for my work to be satisfying and meaningful ?
  • What conditions affect my decision situation ?
  • Internal Conditions (attitudes, feelings, beliefs, biases, etc.).
  • External Conditions (finances, time, obligations, disabilities, opportunities, etc.).
  • Which of these conditions are reality based and which are based on assumptions ?
II.  Gather Information About Yourself:
Self-assessment consists of examining your strengths, interests, values, enjoyable skills, and key personality traits.  Engaging in the self-assessment process offers you direction in terms of determining future career plans and ultimately in selecting a college major to support your plans.  Your interests, values and key personality traits help you determine work settings and industries of greatest interest to you.  The skills you enjoy using most can help you determine preferred day to day work activities within a given work setting.  Some questions you may want to consider when beginning the self-assessment process are:
 - What activities absorb my attention?
 - What situations energize me?
 - What words would I use to describe myself?
 - How would others describe me?
 - What do I dream of doing, but never seem to get to?
 - What subject areas am I most passionate about?
  - What activities am I best at?
  - What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  - What skills do I want to use in a job?
  - What skills do I need to develop?
  - What personal rewards do I seek in a career?
  - In what ways must I be challenged on the job?
  - What activities bring me greatest satisfaction?
  - In what type of work environment would I be happy?
Personality Traits 
  - What personal qualities will help me be successful at work?
  - Am I able to get along with supervisors?  Co-workers?  The public?
  - Does my personality enhance my work with people, data or things?
At Career Services, a variety of self assessment activity options including interest inventories and card sort exercises to name a few are available.  For information on self-assessment, or to get started with some online self-assessment activities, of if you have an interest in going through the self-assessment process, contact call 740-725-6344 to schedule an appointment.
III.  Brainstorming Options of Interest
Upon completion of the self-assessment process, you will have the tools to help you brainstorm potential industries and occupations of interest based on your personality profile.  At this point, your focus shifts from internal to external information gathering so that you can learn more about options in line with your self-assessment results.  Your goal is not to prematurely select only one occupation to pursue, but rather to look for patterns in your work interests.  Given your unique personality characteristics, you will notice a pattern in terms of the “cluster” of work and educational options that interest you most.  For example, you might find that you’re drawn towards social service, physical science or administrative work options.
With a career counselor to guide you, you will learn about what kind of information to gather and how to obtain it.  For more information on a variety of occupations and the world of work, visit: To explore career planning options for each of the undergraduate majors offered at OSU, refer to the OSU majors page at:  Once again, schedule an appointment with a career counselor for more thorough assistance.
To help you in making a choice regarding an academic major, you will want to learn about educational and experiential entrance requirements for occupation(s) of interest.  Through this exploration process, you will determine whether a specific major is required for each of your top interest options or whether there is greater flexibility in the choice of a major.
IV. Evaluate an option:
At this point in the process you would make a list of the different major options that are of interest to you.  Next, consider the following questions in relation to your options:
  • Do I enjoy or do I think I will enjoy the subject matter in this discipline?
  • Do I think I can perform well in this discipline?
  • If I have interest in more than one major can I take classes in more than one discipline and leave my options open?
  • How do I relate to other students and faculty in this discipline?
  • How does this major relate to my self-assessment results?
  • How does this major relate to occupations and industries of interest?
  • Is an internship required or offered in this program?  If not, what hands-on experiences can I pursue to give me the Specific Knowledge Skills needed for post graduation employment?  (These could include service learning, volunteer experiences and/or part-time employment or a self-obtained internship).
  • Will this major serve as a stepping stone to graduate study that interests me?
  • What do I “think” about each major option?  How do I “feel” about each major option?
  • Are there any other pros or cons related to each option?
V.  Decide on an option
In some instances, the choice of major will become clear especially when you have a career interest requiring a specific college degree.  In other instances you might decide to go the non-declared route while you continue to explore available alternatives. You might realize that a double major or a specific major/minor combination would be the answer.  If you find yourself continuing to struggle even after considering the questions in step IV, ask yourself, "What is keeping me from pursuing my top option right now?"  Seek support from faculty, academic advisors and from Career Services.  Finally, it’s time to choose and take responsibility for a choice.
VI.  Design a Course of Action to Implement the Decision:
  • What goals and objectives do I want to create for the direction I have chosen?
  • What courses will I take?
  • What topics will I research?
  • What Functional, Specific Knowledge, and Personal Trait Skills do I need to develop?
  • What experiential activities will I pursue?
VII.  Implement the Decision:
  • How will I carry out my career plans?
  • What specific steps will I take and when will I take them?
  • Who or what resources can I call upon to support me in my efforts?
  • How will I hold myself accountable and how will I reward myself for following through on my plans?
VIII.  Evaluate the Decision on the Basis of the Outcome
  • How well is my decision working?
  • What can I do to make it better?
  • What new decisions am I now in a position to make?
  • What fits and what doesn't’t fit at this point?
  • Review prior self-assessment activities for clues if something doesn't’t seem to be working for you.
The main point to remember here is that you don’t have to jump from one choice of academic major to another without rhyme or reason. There is a process available to guide you and there are staff and faculty available to support you in selecting a college major along the way.  Above all, it’s important for you to be informed about your options, to reality test those options and to take the time to prepare for your top options. The following quote sums it all up.  It reflects the message that employers love to hear from any job candidate; that is, that you have done your homework, you are informed, and you are prepared to enter their industry and organization.
I’m a recent college graduate, and I am prepared for a career in this field.  I‘m intelligent, mature, eager and have a positive attitude.  I’ve researched this industry and your company, and I know what to expect in an entry level position".
Gregory Giangrande
The Liberal Arts Advantage













































































































The Career Development Process

The following formula guides you toward making an informed decision about careers to pursue and how to enhance opportunities for securing meaningful employment.
Step 1.   Self-Assessment   (learn about yourself)
Self-awareness plays an important role in determining careers you may wish to explore. Take time to conduct a personal inventory of your interests, skills, values, and personality.  If you have already made a career choice, a personal inventory can help determine whether you made the right decision. Assessment instruments that will help you in this process include:
  • The Self Directed Search (SDS)
  • Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • FOCUS (a self guided computerized career guidance program)
  • Career Exploration Inventory (CEI)
  • The Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
These assessment tools and others are available for students at Career Services, Room 124, Maynard Hall at no charge.
Students may elect to enroll in Arts and Sciences 1101:  Career Exploration & Planning and receive academic credit for focusing on steps 1 and 2. 
Step 2.   Career Exploration    (learn about the career/job)
To make an informed career decision, you need to understand what a job is really about. You will find a wealth of information at Career Services and at the Marion Campus Library.  Also, check out any public library, professional associations by industry type, the Internet, etc.
Conduct informational interviews with people already in the industry. These people can provide the most up-to-date information about job descriptions and changes going on in that particular career or job. Establish contacts by talking to faculty, alumni, family friends, friends of friends, current and former employers, and members of clubs or professional associations. Once you meet one person who is willing to help you be sure to ask for referrals to others in the field…it’s called networking.
Step 3.   Education   (get the right training)
Get the proper education necessary to make yourself a viable job candidate.  Depending on your career goal will help determine the type of education you’ll need to enter that type of profession.  Some individuals choose the vocational route while others find that the 2 or 4 year college education is necessary.  If college is the path you choose the ‘major’ you pick will not necessarily lead to a particular career but will provide you with ample opportunities to develop key skills needed in all professions.
Step 4.   Field Experiences   (try it on for size)
After learning about the career/job get some hands-on experience. A field experience allows you to test the career/job before making a final decision. It provides an opportunity to observe or perform the day-to-day routine of a job you are considering. Talk with faculty members, explore resources at Career Services, and use alumni to develop a contact base for possible field experience sites.
  • Internships/Co-Ops allow to explore career possibilities or to prepare for a chosen career. They typically involve an academic term, and academic year, and/or summer. They may be full-time, part-time, paid or unpaid. Most award academic credit. Interns often work on specific projects or perform teaching or research tasks at a professional level.
  • Volunteer work gives you the opportunity to work with people in career you might wish to pursue. You learn what work environment you enjoy most and gain skills that will enhance future employment opportunities. In future interviews you will be able to explain how your volunteer experience will benefit the organization by showing how it helped you.
  • Summer jobs also allow you to explore career fields and to develop key skills needed in a future job. With good planning and an early start, you can find a summer job that allows you to examine future employment opportunities. For more information about summer jobs, use Career Services, the Internet, the Library, professional contacts, etc.
  • Part-time jobs can be a excellent but often overlooked field experience. Most students take on a part-time job because they need money, but part-time jobs also exposes you to work environments that help clarify your career interests. Part-time jobs help you establish a work history while developing solid work related skills. These experiences can provide valuable references when applying for future jobs in your professional career choice.
Step 5.   The Job Search   (take action)
Conducting a job search while going to school can be very demanding and frustrating. It typically takes up to six months of active job searching before securing meaningful employment. It is estimated that nearly 70% of all the available jobs are never even advertised. If true, how do you find out about these hidden jobs?  The answer is…start early! Devise an effective, efficient strategy for implementing your career decision by learning how to market yourself. Using the network of contacts you’ve established through informational interviews, field experiences, and through family, friends, college contacts, etc. the so-called hidden job market will reveal itself to you. The secret to success is to be competent, confident and persistent!



































































Calendar of Events

2014 - 2015  Career Services Calendar of Events

 Career/Job/Internship fairs and Information Sessions  are open to all Ohio State students unless otherwise noted.

Career, Job, Internship, Graduate School Fairs:

OSU-Marion Information Sessions & Fairs:

       Event Schedule